Pick A Pattern By Ron Picardi 1980 or 1981 Unpublished Arcadian Submission
This is video art for Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC."
This video is broken into several parts, to make viewing it easier for those interested in only certain portions of this video history.
0:00 - Pick A Pattern, Overview of Program 5:52 - Pick A Pattern, Program Loading and Running 26:11 - Pick A Pattern, BASIC Listing 27:34 - End Credits
PICK A PATTERN allows you to make your own patterns, which works... but I don't really know how to choose options that make good patterns. The random element (option 2 on the menu) makes some of the most random, ultra-cool video art that I've ever seen on the Bally system! I let it run for a while I've seen some of the coolest-looking output.
It's too bad that Ron Picardi didn't simplify this program and eliminate options 1 and 3, which require LOTS of user input. This probably would have made the program publishable (and much shorter in length). As it is, it stands, I believe, as one of the most interesting (probably THE most interesting video art program) on the Bally (in either published or unpublished format). The only issue that I have with it is that some of the art it makes takes a long time to finish. This is because it's totally random for how many iterations each drawing cycle runs. I guess that's also part of the beauty of the program.
Ron included rudimentary instructions on how to use PICK A PATTERN with in his program submission letter. Although Ron's documentation may seem long, they are basic on the details.